Richmond’s Opportunity West Closes its Doors

News Report, Kia Croom Last month, under increasing financial strain, the non-profit Opportunity West closed its doors. Housed in the Nevin Community Center, located in Richmond’s Iron Triangle, the closure left staff and clients struggling to cope with the loss of services many say are needed now more than ever. With the economy continuing to […]

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Hitting the Reset Button After Prison

News Report, Donny Lumpkins Editor’s Note: Last October, California began implementation of AB109 and AB117, laws intended to reduce overcrowding in its state prisons. Since then, more than 22,400 inmates – many who are non-violent offenders – have shifted to county jails where some await trials that could result in their early release from custody. […]

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Liberty Ship Café Cooks Up Savory Co-op Model

News Feature, Edgardo Cervano-Soto Editor’s Note: Liberty Ship Café not only serves tasty Latin-fusion lunches at the Farmer’s Market in Richmond, Calif., it’s cooking up a cooperative business dream. It is 8 o’clock on a Thursday night, and inside a commercial kitchen at Veterans Hall members of the Liberty Ship Café, a new workers’ cooperative […]

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Richmond Voices Support for Occupy Movement

News Report/Audio, Edgardo Cervano-Soto, Posted: Nov 14, 2011   One by one supporters of Occupy Richmond stood at the microphone and spoke their minds in front of Civic Center Auditorium on Veterans Day. More than 90 people attended the Occupy Richmond rally and shouted together, “We are the 99 percent!” Organized by a coalition of allies including the […]

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Richmond Voices Support for Occupy Movement

News Report/Audio, Edgardo Cervano-Soto, Posted: Nov 14, 2011   One by one supporters of Occupy Richmond stood at the microphone and spoke their minds in front of Civic Center Auditorium on Veterans Day. More than 90 people attended the Occupy Richmond rally and shouted together, “We are the 99 percent!” Organized by a coalition of allies including the […]

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“Let’s Foreclose on the Banks”

Video, William Haynes EDITOR’S NOTE: With hundreds of foreclosed homes and empty lots, illegal dumping and crime are hurting Richmond neighborhoods. In response, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) recently held a community meeting at the Nevin Center on September 6th, to hold banks that own these homes accountable.

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A Homeless Shelter Reacts to Obama’s Jobs Speech

News Report, Donny Lumpkins, Posted: Sep 09, 2011 Last night, President Obama rolled out his new plan to jump-start the economy and create jobs for Americans. At a homeless shelter in Richmond Calif. — a city reeling with problems like unemployment, gun violence and foreclosures — the President’s speech was viewed with healthy skepticism mixed […]

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Taqueria La Estrella

Video, Ann Bassette, Michael Jones, Karina Guadalupe EDITORS’ NOTE: Situated at 325 23rd Street between MacDonald Ave and Nevin Street is Taqueria La Estrella, a quaint little restaurant adjacent to a large parking lot which now accommodates their new taco truck. Since the city committed to beautifying this business district, via the 23rd Street Streetscape […]

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